Surfing big waves….really big waves….Greg Long

It’s turning into Fall here, and, after a trip to the beach last week, I’m thinking about ocean and the things that people do there.

The “beach”….what a great place.

Little waves will crunch you….I can only imagine what a big wave would do.

Here’s a presentation by Greg Long and National Geographic Live.

There are big waves out there in the world….and Greg Long is one of the guys who ride them.

How do they get pictures of some of this stuff?

How do they get pictures of a man almost drowning?

When it’s hitting the fan at my house the last thing we’d be doing is taking pictures.

We don’t have an entourage, though, so I guess it makes sense.

When it goes down at my house, it’s just us…and we take care of business.

It’s pretty wild….what this guy does.

Big waves.



prospector tent

Here’s a young couple’s review of a double wall prostpector style tent up in Gatineau Park, Quebec….

I guess that no matter what your situation….whether you’re living in a house in NC or in a tent in Quebec…if you design it well you can have a nice place to live.


This is a pretty artfully put together space.

This apparently is a tent that you can rent, too.

Man….you can stay in some interesting places if you are a little bit adventurous.

Good Daddy…

This is kind of cool that this Daddy is doing this for his little girl.

That’s an expensive vehicle to refurbish.

Who would have thought, 30 years ago, that a bus would be an “expensive vehicle to refurbish”?

Not me.

I don’t even know if it’s one of the “cool” years.

Awwwww….they’re all cool years….even the crappy ones are kind of cool.

Our Caravan sure does run better, though.


driving barefoot

I had to drive barefoot for a while….when I owned my first bus.

The hinge at the bottom of the accelerator pedal had rusted out….and I had to grip the pedal with my bare foot to get the pedal to work.

That was nuts.

Now, I would just replace the hinge with some other kind of hinge.


But, back then, I didn’t know what to do or even how pop rivets worked.

Here’s a nice video from “Matt’s Rad Show” on YouTube.

I like this Volkswagen guy he’s talking to.

slammed in two feet

We were watching a surfing documentary just now….and, talking to Jenny about it, I realized that on our recent beach trip, a two foot wave was more than I could handle.

I wasn’t even surfing.

I was just trying to survive getting out of the water.

There is a lot of power in the ocean.

So…the reality of the inner boast “Hey! Look at that!! I could do that….surf those big waves!! I could do that if I learned to…do that!!” is really more like “good grief….I got slammed by two foot waves.”

Surfing is still one of the coolest things that a human being can do on this planet.

Ride those big waves?

Good grief….how cool would that be?

Gumby Dharma….the story of Art Clokey


Do check out this video about Art Clokey, the fellow who brought Gumby to life.

And….check out the archives….all those reels of Gumby adventures.

All those reels….on wooden shelves….in what looks like Mr. Clokey’s garage.

That’s amazing to me….that even the most iconic things need a place to land.

An archive can be in someone’s garage.


it’s the life….it’s the home

I was going to say something snarky about stainless and granite.

That’s the cliché on all these home improvement shows….stainless and granite….”I need my stainless and granite”….but….these guys have it in their tiny home and it looks pretty cool.

Who would imagine that these hippies would use stainless and granite in their beautiful tiny home?

So…I need to check my attitude at the door….most times.

Usually, the cliché is a truth that’s just used too many times.

That’s all.

Here’s another great Kirsten Dirksen video.

From the YouTube description:

Spud and MaryEsther Hooley have spent four decades in tiny homes, including a converted caboose in Idaho, a trapping cabin on the Snake River, a yurt in Mongolia, a wall tent while commercial fishing in Alaska, a 19’ van in Mexico, and a year in a sailboat from Europe to Russia.

When they moved back to the United States, the Hooleys began building a tiny home in Sisters, Oregon, relying on their years of construction experience with both tiny spaces and community development work in Romania, Nepal and Mongolia. Named “The North Sister” (after the local mountain peak), the the 300-square-foot home on wheels (200 floor + 100 loft) is the sum of many handcrafted details: custom storage stairs finished in bamboo for a soft step, a full-sized shower with corrugated metal and exposed copper pipes, a kitchen with a generous farmhouse sink and full-height fridge.

The Hooley’s tiny house co:

VW Van in the French Riviera

I need to find some new shock cord for our thrift store tent.

These guys are renting a vintage VW Van to camp in the French Riviera.


That’s how they roll.

Our existence (right now) doesn’t include doing anything like renting a vintage VW bus and driving around the French countryside.

That’s how we roll.

And…that’s OK.

We just finished spending almost a week at the NC coast….and it was good…..travelling around in our vintage Dodge Grand Caravan.

Will our van ever be as cool as a vintage VW?


Wherever you go….whatever you get…you still want to be that child who gets to live in a tree.

From the YouTube description….

Fred Reid has reached the top of his industry- he’s been president of Delta Airlines, CEO of Virgin America, president and CEO of Lufthansa and today he’s president of Flexjet-, but often when he’s not working he escapes to his secret place: a tiny house on stilts. His hermitage is a small cabin three stories above the ground. It’s not exactly a treehouse since it’s not attached to any tree, but it’s tucked so tightly between the redwoods it appears a part of the grove. To design the elevated home- permitted as an observation tower- he called upon Scott Constable of Wowhaus who crafted a refuge with only the “luxury of the essential”. The House of Tree- as Reid has dubbed it- doesn’t have plumbing or electricity, instead he relies on kerosene, bottled water and a camping stove. “Though not technically a ‘tree house’ because it makes no connection to any tree, the elevated cabin,” explains Constable on his Deep Craft blog, “has all of the hallmarks of one: 360 degree views through the trees, rustic accommodations, no utilities, and a feeling of being apart from everything but closer to nature.” In this video we visit Reid’s West Sonoma “spiritual sanctuary” where Constable takes us for a tour inside the second growth redwood grove and up above in the roughly 200 square foot rustic, crafted home.

Here’s the treehouse you build if your funds don’t have claustrophobic limits.

Good grief!

That’s kind of a cool thing to spend your money on, though.

Makes me think that no matter our accomplishments in this life, the thing that brings joy as we age are often the things that got us jacked up as kids….freedom, funkiness, a fort in the trees.

I’m glad that we don’t completely outgrow a sense of wonder.

We get stiff….but we never forget how it feels to run.

That’s a real blessing….good memories.